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New stash of GOP invites reveals cross-country fundraising for 2016 hopefuls

As candidates ride their respective waves from last week’s CNBC GOP debate, Political Party Time is keeping track of the money flowing into their campaign coffers. Thanks to some shoe leather and some good sources, the Party Time team obtained a trove of fundraisers for some of the top GOP presidential candidates.

Next week, Marco Rubio will travel to Wisconsin for a luncheon (at one of his favorite Milwaukee restaurants, the Milwaukee Athletic Club), then to his home state of Florida for a star-studded reception. For the latter, you can enter the “Leadership Circle” for a cool $27,000.

Jeb ...

Summer of Jeb: 36 newly uncovered fundraisers show big 2016 money race

Political Party Time just got our hands on a stash of 36 summer fundraisers for former Gov. Jeb Bush, making it the most comprehensive, public place to research how his campaign is soliciting donations from wealthy donors. The events, criss-crossing the country from Lake Tahoe to Nantucket to Beverly Hills, document how the Bush campaign is ramping up fundraising as the 2016 elections approach. The special events include breakfast, coffee, lunch, brunch, cocktail and evening receptions with the candidate, where attendance costs range from giving $75 to raising $54,000. Among the dozens of events are a few that monetize access ...

Hillary Clinton's guide to throwing a house party

Hillary Clinton may be raising more than half a million dollars a day, but in a guide written by her campaign intended for grassroots event hosts the emphasis is on the collection of data about attendees. The document, obtained by the Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time and embedded below, tells hosts that sharing the sign-up data of the guests is "the single most important thing you can do for the campaign and for Hillary." The "House Party Host Guide" runs through the logistical process, legal hurdles and effective tactics for an event to transform potential voters into active campaign participants ...

Candidates see green in Orange County

It’s a busy week in Orange County, Calif., where three Republican presidential candidates will be visiting to fundraise for a wide-open primary. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina are making the rounds at the multimillion-dollar homes and swank hotels in the conservative-leaning county. Walker’s event, to be held tonight at the glitzy Newport Beach Balboa Bay Resort, asks couples for up to $2,500 to attend his VIP reception and $10,000 to be on the host committee. Walker, who has not yet announced his candidacy for president, is fundraising for his newly formed ...

Clyburn's cable conundrum

Here at Political Party Time, we depend on a network of reliable, anonymous sources to keep us (and you!) informed about where and with whom our elected officials are spending their time. We got a notification about an event — the "Annual Tech, Telecom & Cable Dinner" — featuring Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., that's being held Thursday. Curiously, the location was redacted, only to be revealed upon RSVP. To attend, one has to put up at least $1,500 to the Friends of Jim Clyburn committee. The suggested contribution for host status is $5,000. Clyburn has been in Congress since 1993, ...